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Sep
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Four Ways Proverbs 31 Can Help To Grow Your Business

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super humanSuperwoman”. This is a name that often comes up for people when they read about the Proverbs 31 woman.

Have you ever finished reading the scripture passages, and felt the standard was too high for anyone to live up to?

Now… did you ever think that her life was a reflection of her relationship with God? And the qualities and traits she possessed are aligned with how God calls us to live our lives?

What if we viewed the Proverbs 31 woman not as some impossible ideal, but as an example of what it means to commit ourselves and our lives to God? What if she provides a guideline for us on  how to grow and become not only better people, but better business owners?

When I read Proverbs 31 from the mindset of a business owner, there were things I noticed that I could implement to help my business grow. I have identified four key areas that can be beneficial for all entrepreneurs.

Grab a pen and a piece of paper and answer the questions posed in this piece. For each question cite a concrete example that supports your answer. Afterwards reflect by spending time with God. Seek his direction for the areas of your business that need improvement and acknowledge the areas where you are doing well.

tara31. Relationship with God. It is clear in the text the Proverbs 31 woman has a deep relationship with God and honors him in all her actions. She serves with her whole heart, mind and soul. The Proverbs 31 woman seeks the will of God and lives a life of obedience. Her relationship with God is not only evident in her personal life, but in her business life as well. (Key verses: 26, 30)

Some questions to ponder: * How do you connect with God on a daily basis? * Is time with God built into your schedule? * Do your actions in business reflect your relationship with God? *Do you consult with God when making decisions for your business?

2. Time Management. The Proverbs 31 women is hardworking and diligent. She does not waste time with idleness. She gets up each morning and completes her tasks. Productivity and profits are the byproducts of her diligence and hard work. (Key verses: 15, 17, 27)

Some questions to ponder: *How do you schedule your days? *Does procrastination steal your time? *What type of tools do you use to organize your day? * Do you set daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly business goals? Are you a good steward of your time?

3. Money Management. The Proverbs 31 woman handles money well. She makes wise decisions on how to spend her money and makes informed investments. The smart decision making skills she possesses yield profits in her business. Her management skills also ensure that the needs of her family are appropriately met. (Key verses: 16, 18, 24)

Some questions to ponder: * Do you tithe 10% of your profits? * Do you have a separate bank account for your business? * Do you track your income and expenses at minimum on a monthly basis? * Do you make wise choices on how to spend your money? Do you wisely invest your profits back into by your business? *Are you a good steward of your money?

4. Multiple Streams of Income. The Proverbs woman uses her gifts and talents to create multiple streams of income. She buys land, sews garments, grows crops and trades at the market. She has good relationships within her community. She has earned a reputation that encourages people to be customers of her business. (Key verses: 16, 18, 24)

Some questions to ponder: * Are your talents, gifts, passions or experiences the basis for your business? *What areas of your business can you diversify to create additional income streams? * Do you have income streams that are not aligned with the mission of your business? * Do you have a servant’s heart for your business and customers?

I outlined just four areas from the story of the Proverbs 31 woman, but there is so much more wisdom to be taken from the passages. Spend some time re-reading the story and discover what other areas of your life you can become more aligned with God’s will.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara Pray seeks to help as many women possible live their God inspired dreams. She believes the dreams given to us by God are rooted in our life’s purpose. On her sitewww.wordsbytara.com she provides ideas, information and inspiration to help woman live in the fullness of their dreams.

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